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About JS Simmentals

Our History

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L to R: Chesney, Jay, Dani and Coy Steenhoek

JS Simmentals was established in 1986 with the purchase of 2 purebred Simmental females for Jays 4-H project. Ken had always admired the Simmental breed & ran Simmental bulls on his commercial cattle herd. The business became more serious once Jay graduated from ISU, with the purchase of Drake Makin Memories & Triple C Burning Power. Makin Memories, purchased from Larry Drake is where the line started with Flatout Flirty 46T, Flirt Away 59Y & then the legendary BOOTS. Triple C Burning Power produced many high sellers & JS first National Champion Bull JS Burning Up 33R. Burning Up was the sire of JS Flatout Flirty 46T.

The Beginning of a Legacy

Combining Burning Power & Makin Memories cow families was when it all started coming together. As time marched forward, so did our program with the acquisition of WHF Summer 365C and CLRS Dairy Queen 606D. Both of which have been cornerstone pieces for ourselves, as well as so many others. Summer's winning legacy in the show ring was a dominant force to be reckoned with. Her work in the donor pen has been second to none as well, producing both heifers and bulls that have hung banners at the national level. Dairy Queen has more than pulled her weight as well being the donor dam to a national champion bull as well as producing females that have been successful in the show ring and an upcoming daughter in JS Dairy Queen 57G that has made quite a splash in her first et crop this past fall. We put a heavy emphasis on successful cow families here at JS. Many of these females can be found in running daughters and studs in our bull battery.

Providing the Best, High-Quality Simmental Genetics in Iowa

We strive to combine forces with these successful pedigrees and offer our very best through our JS Midwest Made Elite Female Sales in the spring and fall, as well as providing a bull battery that is heavily influenced in our program and made available to the public to help increase the quality and value of your herd as well. We put a very heavy emphasis on customer service, and service after the sale. Our intentions are to make these females and our bulk battery opportunities as successful and enjoyable of an experience for their new owners as we possibly can. Our commitment is start to finish and then some guarantee to your family that we look forward to working with you on!

Derek and Callie Counsel kneeling in pasture with their dog

Derek and Callie Counsell

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